How to perform a Patch Test



We will all react to natural and synthetic ingredients in different ways. When using a natural product for the first time it is suggested and advised that you perform a simple Patch Test before use, especially if you have never used natural products, or a particular blend of essential oils before.

The process is incredibly simple:

For Adults:

Take a cotton tip (Q-tip or cotton bud) and soak it with a drop or two of the blend you are wanting to test. Apply the cotton tip to the skin on the middle of the inside of the forearm, slightly above the wrist but well below the elbow pit. Paint on the blend so that you have a decent amount of skin covered for the test. It is suggested you try to make the spot as big as your thumbprint would be. Avoid washing this area for up to 6hrs and if possible a full 24 hrs. Observe the skin condition and any changes in colour or texture of the skin. Also noting of course any irritations like itching or rash forming. If any nausea or respiratory reactions are experienced wash off the blend immediately and discontinue use. (seek health advice from your trusted practitioner if required) If there are no allergic symptoms, signs of sensitivity or overt skin reactions your Patch Test has confirmed that this blend is safe to use on your skin. Sometimes we can build up a sensitivity to certain ingredients, so it is always advised you maintain awareness of how you are reacting and enjoying your natural blends.

For Children (and Adults with known sensitivities):

As above, but always blend a drop of the product to be applied with 5ml of a safe carrier oil like Jojoba, Olive, Coconut or Macadamia Nut. Children up to the age of approximately 13 years can have far more sensitive skin than an adult or adolescent, and need to have a Patch Test for all skin applications...natural or synthetic/pharmaceutical.

For Infants:

As for Children, but apply the Patch Test blend to the outside of the ankle to avoid an infant sucking on the blend (and it is easy to wash off quickly if you DO notice any irritation). Also, use twice the amount of carrier oil to a drop of the product to be tested. Infants up to 3 years of age may be extremely sensitive to certain ingredients. All natural and synthetic skin applications should undergo a patch test before use.

If you have any questions please contact me for more information.

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